Let's play pretend

As I sit here typing it’s half past eight on Monday morning, but the government wants us to pretend that it’s half past nine.

Daylight Saving started yesterday morning. I have to admit that I’m not a big fan.

The extra daylight in the evening is a bonus but it’s going to take a while to adjust to the early mornings. I woke up to a fight between my bedside clock and my body clock today. The bedside clock told me it was time to get up. My body clock said, “Don’t be ridiculous, it’s still dark outside”. I lay there for a few more minutes and let them argue between themselves.

The fact that it was a cold start to the day made it even more difficult to throw back the covers this morning. I’m sure my body will work out what’s going on soon.

Sunrise is fairly early at the moment but the main problem for me is that later during the Daylight Saving period sunrise becomes later and later and I have to cycle in the dark if I want to get some extra kilometres in before work. I was too tired to do any extra this morning but I’m hoping I’ll get a few good rides in later this week.

Do you have Daylight Saving across the Summer months? Do you enjoy the extra daylight at the end of the day or does it rob you of your mornings?

We’re just at the start of a three year Daylight Saving trial. Once the trial’s over we get to decide if we want it permanently or not. I have a feeling that the referendum will deliver the same result that two previous Daylight Saving referendums have returned. Thanks but no thanks.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • don’t have it in qld – making sunrise about 4:30am… making big heavy curtains a must!

    plus by 6am it’s too hot to stay in bed without AC during December n January.

  • Rodney I’m with you on the morning exercise challenges of daylight saving – it’s more like daylight robbery!

    This year I’m trying a personal boycott of daylight saving. None of my clocks have been adjusted, and apart from turning up to classes and church an hour early, my life should mostly stick to its standard-time routine.

    I wonder – if daylight saving gets voted in at the next referendum, will we have trial periods of standard-time every decade with referendums to see if we want to go back to no daylight saving? Somehow I doubt it.

  • What is it with Sandgropers hating daylight savings?

    You would think of all the states, given the sea, surf, etc. you would love to have the extra daylight at the end of the day to enjoy it all.

    Here in Vic I just love it and can’t wait for it to start each year. Bonus is they have extended it for an extra month here.

  • But all of the times that we have on our watches and clocks are just constructs of someone.
    It wasn’t like God invented time then decided to put numbers to it. We’ve done that and so by changing times now all we’re doing is making another change.

    And Cal. I don’t know what it is about my fellow sandgropers. I just can’t understand this illogical resistance.

  • Another vote against here! We prefer early light mornings too for cycling or a walk while it’s cool, it’s too hot to have sun until 8pm and having a toddler really challenges bedtime schedules.

  • For some reason i always manage to stay out later than normal the night it starts…suddenly 2am becomes 3am. Frustratingly, my mobile seems to have caught a virus and my alarm clock chooses when it wants to work…which is why i missed my train this morning- but then again, looking at my fellow commuters, there are a few that are from my normal train! I love the end of daylight savings – the extra hour of sleep! 🙂

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